Sunday, 21 April 2013

Vocation - finding real joy and meaning.

Hard to believe that I've been a priest for over four months! It's been a complete transformation of my life! 

Let's say a prayer for vocations - the world is hungering and thirsting for Christ. Have a question or trying to figure out your vocation -

Thursday, 28 March 2013

The Real March Madness - get off the sidelines!

Lent's almost over. Today is Holy Thursday, and Easter is just days away. But it's not too late!

This video might strike us as kind of fake or cheesy. But it's the TRUTH. Do I realize what is going to happen in the next three days? I've got a major part to play whether I realize it or not! This drama will unfold. Christ will die on the cross for me. I've nailed him to the cross. Do we know how much he loves me?!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Habemus Papam! Pope Francis "I" and a lot of other firsts!

Just back from St. Peter's Square where the atmosphere was electric - sorry, I know that's usually for a rock concert, but there's really no other word! It must have been the Holy Spirit. Shortly after 7pm, I was sitting in my office here in Rome glued to the papal smoke stack watching live as... more black, no wait, gray, no... actually WHITE smoke started to pour out.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

What is Benedict XVI doing? His last two days as pope.

Sitting in St Peters and praying my rosary today, I couldn't help but think back eight years. I wasn't in Rome at the time for the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Benedict XVI in 2005. Still it seems like yesterday I was at our seminary in Ireland staring at a little chimney which suddenly started to spew white smoke - a historic moment! Today was one more in that series of spiritually earth-shaking moments in the Church and the world.

Monday, 25 February 2013

The Church is alive! And the Church is young!

I just received the new English anthem for World Youth Day 2013 in Brazil. There's certainly a lot going on in the Church especially with the resignation of the pope in Rome, but let's not forget what Benedict XVI said in his inaugural homily almost eight years ago. So what did he say?